Information in English

We are a vocational school, in Hamburg / Germany, training students to become carers for people with learning difficulties. The training we offer is a three-year, full-time course with a state recognised examination. It comprises the physical aspects of care as well as the educational and psychological side. After their graduation our students will be able to work  in many fields, e.g. as carers in residential facilities, trainers in sheltered workshops, nursery nurses in day nurseries, teachers’ assistants in schools and care assistants helping disabled people who live in the community.

Our course consists of theoretical studies in education, psychology, social work, health, communication  and ethics lessons.
practical studies like physical – and health care
practical studies in the arts, music and movement
various optional courses which the students can choose from to specialise
theory – practise transfer Projects
two work placements  in organisations or facilities, where the students work directly with the clients  for the duration of nearly 12 months (1st placement working with children, 2nd placement working with adults.)

One work placement at a care facility for six weeks

Work Experience on the Full-Time Training Course

The full-time training course to state-registered social care worker for people with learning difficulties offers two year-long periods of work experience. The first year of the course offers work experience with children and teenagers.
In the second year students are offered work experience with adults. This can also be a work placement abroad.

• The first-year work placement consists of one day aweek and five whole weeks, mainly in inclusive institutions for children and teenagers (kindergartens, integration and SEN classes, residential homes for children and teenagers).

• In the second year of the course, work placement is one days a week and ten whole weeks  in facilities for adults with disabilities (residential groups, day centres, pedagogic care in the own home, particular activities within sheltered workshops, adult education etc.). Click here for the  curricular-framework .

In work experience periods, classes generally continue on three days a week at the College. Students are given a supervisor at their work placement. College teaching staff continue to support their students by visiting them at their work placements, organizing colloquia of approx. 6 students and by remaining in contact with their students’ placements.

• A work placement abroad is possible in the second year of the course, sponsored by the European Union’s Leonardo da Vinci programme. We have been working with partner institutions in various European countries since 2000, enabling students from Hamburg-Alsterdorf to visit them on work placements.
On-site supervision is carried out by qualified personnel in the relevant language of the country or in English. It is important for students wishing to embark on a placement abroad to be prepared to begin learning the relevant language beforehand and to expand upon it during their placement. Students on foreign placements must also take part in workshops preparing them for their work placement in Europe.
College teaching staff follow the progress of each work placement with our European partners via the telephone, emails, fax, and in some cases even with short visits to the respective institution.
Click here for the training curriculum framework for the second work placement.

Within the last few years our school has successfully built up contacts to institutions in the Finland, Denmark, Netherlands, France, Spain, Switzerland, Romania, Austria, Italy, Latvia, the UK  and has been able to send students there for the period of their second workplacement. These students are funded on the basis of the EU – Erasmus+ Mobility Prgramme (key action 1).

We are very happy about having extended our contacts to organisations and facilities all over Europe as in our opinion concepts like „care in the community“ , „inclusion“ and „empowerment of clients“ are very different, so we think that our students can gain valuable experience.

Information for partners:

The workplacements are monitored by the professional staff of the respective organisation / facility and by tutors from our school.
To give you an idea of what you can expect from our students and our school and what we would expect from you in return we would like to give you a brief outline of the conditions:

Our students  are in their second year, doing the second  workplacement, thus having already gained theoretical knowledge and practical experience in day care, residential care, a school, or a kindergarten.

The students have a working knowledge – to sound knowledge of English (at least five  years at school and a one-year course of specific English at our school).

The students are funded on the basis of the Leonardo Mobility Programme. The grants have just been adapted to the cost of living in the respective countries, so they should be able to finance their food and accommodation.

The students work full time. (35 hours p. week / no night shifts).

The emphasis of the work placement should be on the practical work with the clients and not on admininstrative or organisational tasks. He/she should plan, carry out and assess at least one project with one client or a small group of clients by him/herself during the workplacement.

The student is entitled to the full holidays of the school year (about two weeks –  dates negotiable).

During the time of his/her stay we expect the student to be supervised by a professional member of staff at the workplacement on a regular basis.

The supervisor abroad and the tutor from our school have to keep in contact (phone / e-mail / fax) to discuss the student´s development at work (contact about once  a month.)

The tutor from our school will come once to talk to the supervisor and the student and to visit the institution.

At the end of the workplacement the supervisor has to write a short report, assessing the work and development of the student in respect to our curricular guidelines in a online EUROPASS ( www.europass-info.de ) Document. For this I will send you the LOG IN before the workplacement ends.
Further information:

Astrid Madey
Tel.: + 4940 50 77 4218
FAX: +4940 50 77 38 07
E-Mail: astrid.madey@fsherz.de